I am back on the Lance Leipold hype train after it seemingly getting derailed following a 40-14 beatdown at the hands of Texas a month ago.
Kansas began the season 4-0 and then got smacked around by Texas in Austin before bouncing back against UCF and then falling yet again to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Jayhawks had arguably the best possible rebound win in Week 9 over Oklahoma to really get people back on the Leipold train.
The only hang-up with Leipold? His age. He’s going to be 60 by the time the 2024 season kicks off and that could mean he only has a handful of good years left. But hey, Urban Meyer is also about to be 60 so that excuse doesn’t hold a ton of weight considering he’s everyone’s top option at this point in the process.
Leipold has won everywhere he’s gone, starting with six Division III titles in eight years with Wisconsin-Whitewater before turning Buffalo into a 10-win program and then turning bottom-dweller Kansas into a winning program. The Jayhawks never went to bowl games but Leipold led them there in year two and they’re already eligible for a bowl through eight games in year three.
This dude just knows how to win.